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K. April Holgate

Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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  • Yellowstone Deception: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Peggy L. Henderson
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (16)
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    (15)
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    Dan Osborne has one ambition in life. He wants to be a permanent park ranger in Yellowstone National Park, a place where his family roots run deep. He'll do just about anything to make his dream a reality. When a pretty tourist tells him an incredible story about his ancestors, his dreams might be realized sooner than he hoped. Jana Evans' best friend traveled back in time for true love. Not only is a weathered diary proof that she survived, so is the handsome park ranger standing before Jana now.

    Arlene says: "Fantastic End To A Great Series!"
    "Sweet Time Travel Romance"
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    Even though this was book five in the series, I think it fits better as book two. I tried reading the actual second book but was not feeling the lead guy. I decided to skip to this book as it happens shortly after the first one ends. And this is Jana's story, which I was really interested in reading.

    I really liked the time travel elements in this story. Sometimes I get iffy on that theme, but I totally enjoyed the way it was used in this book and the first. Maybe it was most interesting to me because I am not familiar with the history of Yellowstone. I loved hearing about the time period and challenges faced.

    I really liked Jana and her spunky, loyal personality! She goes above and beyond for a friend. I like that she is not a pushover and takes time to show her anger after the deception. She took a while to forgive and really made him work to regain her trust and affections.

    Dan is actually a great character, once you get past his mistakes, and he does work to atone. He is young and made a huge error in judgement, but that is what leads to him and Jana getting back together. Without that deception there would be no story. I liked that he was another rugged wilderness man. Yummy take charge fella!

    There is a little bit of steam, not full on erotic detail, but smexy enough to get a gal warm!! You might need to fan your face!! A little bit of spice to heat up the romance!!

    This is a mixed narrative that swaps between the two lead characters. I enjoy getting both sides of the romance, it really makes it a fuller story. There were a few spots that felt redundant because a conversation was worded almost the same as when the characters was thinking about things. It is a picky thing that gets to me as a reader, if they thought it out in detail they do not have to have the same detail in a conversation.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Alexandra Haag. She does a great job with the voices and keeping them distinct. She has a great pace for the read, adding energy to action scenes making them even more dramatic. She really fits the story and makes it come to life.

    Overall, the story is really great and very involved. The pace is great and moves smoothly through the story. Really terrific characters who are engaging and real. I was totally taken by the book from beginning to end. Warning, have tissues handy, if you are emotional like myself, you will need them! Kudos on great storytelling that had me sobbing and laughing.

    In the end I am good with doing book one and book five in the series. They are the most connected stories and had the great time travel angle. I read the blurbs on the other books and they are tenuous connections at best. I am usually the kind of person who must read every book in a series, but I am good with just these two. The books are most likely as well crafted as the two I read, but the stories just do not grab me, but check them out, cause they might appeal to you as a reader! If not book 1 and 5 work well as a duology!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Tasting Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Charity Parkerson
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
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    Guardian Angel Gideon Black has found a new career since being granted his freedom from the Heavens. Working as a professional fighter has given Gideon a place to release his powers. However, he has another outlet in mind - Skylar Jones. For Skylar, Gideon is a fantasy man whom she never dreamed could be a reality, but a parking lot collision will end in a very unexpected way. Find out what happens when desire beyond definition comes to life.

    K. April Holgate says: "My favorite in the series"
    "My favorite in the series"
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    Oh wow!! I loved this quick little read!!! The story built up from the world of the previous books in the series.

    Skylar is a great sassy girl, with curves, and mostly confident. Gideon is deliciously Alpha and rather sweet. They are a great pair and it was great reading them getting together. I do wish it were longer, then we could really see those feelings develop.

    The book has a mixed narrative, so you have both leads POV, which is important. It helps you see Gideon trying and understand his feelings for Skylar.

    Hello, yummy smexy scenes!! Just enough detail to keep it hot and steamy!! Kicks things up a notch from previous books.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hollie Jackson, who is delightful. She has a stellar pace that keeps the story moving. Loved her energy and what she added to the feelings of the story. Her voices have stayed consistent and distinct throughout the series.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Place Your Betts: The Marilyns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Katie Graykowski
    • Narrated By Pam Dougherty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Betts Monroe is a country music rags-to-riches story. As the daughter of the town slut, she clawed her way up from the bars of Bourbon Street to the Country Music Hall of Fame. She's America's sweetheart, darling of the media, and a multi-platinum star. But she has a secret. At the age of sixteen, she had a baby and gave him up for adoption because her boyfriend wasn't ready for fatherhood. Now she finds out that her precious baby boy has been living with his father from day one.

    K. April Holgate says: "Awesome chick-lit read!!"
    "Awesome chick-lit read!!"
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    Oh boy, I seriously loved this book!!!! Such a fun and engaging story. The story has some seriously emotional moments, but most of the time it is laugh out loud funny!

    The story is a typical chick-lit romance trope. Nothing wrong with that though, there is a reason those tropes stand the test of time. Reunited lovers, who had a baby as teens, yup that is a delightful classic!

    I love Betts, she is fantastic! There is something more than a little likeable about her. She breaks your heart then makes you giggle the next moment. You really want to route for her.

    Gabe is a yummy cowboy. I wanted to see the fences mended in the worst kind of way. He seriously grew up from his youthful stupidity.

    The banter between Betts and Gabe is incredible. I loved them together, they were great even when they were still mad at each other. They are a perfect pair and you want to see them work it all out. Add to the top of that the quirky supporting cast. Love her Mama and best friends. Can not wait to see how this series plays out.

    The narrative is mixed, you get both leads POV and the teen romance as well. It is great to see it all play out and a little bit of history repeating itself. It is a great story that I could read again.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pam Dougherty, who is amazing!! The characters have southern accents, but they are doe with a light touch. Such a delight to listen to the smooth tones and swift pace. She really gets all the amusing moments and brings them to life in a brilliant manner. She has terrific energy that brings all the emotion to life. I am definitely looking for more of her reads!!

    Overall this is a great book. Fun chick-lit with a touch of emotion. I can not wait to read HEA for Charlie and Lucky!!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts. opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • The Pixie & The Prince: Sexy Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Charity Parkerson
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Be careful what you wish for, or better yet, what you allow your friends to wish for. As Samuel the Dark's ward, Tam the Pixie is living in the mortal realm under the watchful eye of her guardian angel, Thomas. However, when she gives Thomas one free wish, she never expects that he'll use it to turn her life upside down. Chained to the side of an ex-lover and trapped in the Mirror lands, Tam will have to come to terms with their past in order to break the curse.

    K. April Holgate says: "good book, wish it were longer"
    "good book, wish it were longer"
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    The great thing about this book is it is two romances for the price of one. The stories are interconnected and really kind of sweet. I was thrilled to get the HEA for Tam and Freddie!

    The story has several POV, all the mixed narrative is key for understanding everything. The romances are mostly sweet, there is a bit of smexy detail.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hollie Jackson, who does a great job with all the voices. I enjoyed her pace and tone throughout the read. Definitely one I would like to hear again.

    There is a fair share of mythology mixed into this series. I really would like the books to be longer and the world to be a but more fleshed out. They are very intriguing and have huge potential.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Yucatan Dead: Kate Jones, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By D.V. Berkom
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
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    Performance
    (2)
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    She was a dangerous man's lover...now she's his dangerous enemy. For Kate Jones, being on the run from her former lover - the vicious leader of a Mexican drug cartel - was never going to be easy. But with a new identity, a new lover, and a new life in Arizona, she was beginning to believe she'd made it through the worst. Then, in an act of twisted revenge, Kate's kidnapped and imprisoned by her deadly enemy, his intention to force her to pay back the money she stole before he kills her.

    K. April Holgate says: "Another step on the journey"
    "Another step on the journey"
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    The most recent book in the series takes Kate back to the beginning. Finally we get a bit of resolution on events in Mexico. Not everything, but plenty of things are brought to a head.

    It is mostly from Kate's POV, which is interesting and engaging, but limited. I do like her spunky attitude. There are intriguing twists and turns, plus the added supernatural elements. She has become very endearing over the series. She definitely has bad luck haunting her.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Melissa Moran, she does a terrific read. She does a great job with all the accents and voices. She has a very mater of fact tone that fits Kate to a "T". That is key because the whole narrative is from her POV. She keeps the voices consistent and distinct through the series. A great pace keeps things moving along at a steady clip. She has terrific energy in her read that adds to the action scenes. I will definitely be looking for more of her work.

    I am eager to see what happens next in the series. I really hope we get to see more of her friends she has met along the way. Would love to see Henry, Sam, Harv and the other allies has has connected with.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Birthright

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. P. Jensen
    • Narrated By Bodine Boling
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    Jordan Parker becomes an obsession to William, a man who believes that she is the only being on the planet that can save him. When Jordan goes on the run and William corners her it culminates in a bloody massacre where Jordan is the sole survivor. This forces Mr. Parker, the father who abandoned her before she was born to appear and bring her into his world - a world filled with magic, wonder, and danger. Through him, Jordan will learn the secrets of her birthright, what makes her power special and why she has suddenly become a pawn in a deadly war for power.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very disjointed in the beginning"
    "Very disjointed in the beginning"
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    This book is really tough to get a handle on at first. It jumps all around and it is difficult to really get a read on what is happening.

    The story takes it's time unfolding, slowly sharing it's secrets. I really liked Jordan and wanted to love her story. There are just so many things that were either unanswered or took too long to reveal.

    The fact that most of the book is from her POV limits how much the reader knows. We only get things as she does, which isn't quick. The world building was much slower than I would have liked.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bodine Boling, who is excellent. Her compelling narration keeps you listening, even when the book feels slow. She has a steady swift read that keeps things moving. I really enjoyed her voices and the distinctions between the charters. She has a soothing yet youthful tone. I would love to find more of her reads.

    While the story was difficult to get a grasp on, I was pulled in and curious to see what happens next. Perhaps the next book will answer more questions. This book is a very intriguing concept and Jordan is a compelling character.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Reaper's Property

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (741)

    Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother's house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she's not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse - she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she's ninety percent certain he's a criminal and that the "business" he talks with her brother isn't website design.

    Lia says: "Code Honor Loyalty"
    "Wow, awesome read!!!"
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    In the past I have mentioned my dislike of this genre. Bikers are not generally my thing. However, this book is awesome. I loved almost every second of it!

    Marie is a funny sassy gal. I loved her gumption, most of the time. She does seem to have blinders on when it comes to her brother. It is a bit of a flaw. But she makes the best of a bad situation.

    Horse is yummy and dominant. He is a bad@$$ biker. But he has a heart hidden in that big body. When he falls he falls hard. There are a few times when I has issue with his behavior, mostly biker lifestyle stuff.

    At first I thought this book was all going to be from Marie's POV, happily there are many points midway through where Horse takes over the narrative. These moments are key to keeping him likeable and getting his side of the romance. Without that insight, I probably would not have liked this as much.

    Another great device is the non-linear story telling for the first half. I love the back and forth between the present situation and the flashbacks to the time leading up to that point. It adds excitement to the story. It was engaging and dynamic from beginning to end.

    The smexy scenes are super hot!! You may singe you ears listening!! Oh lordy, give me an alpha guy any day of the week!!! And Horse does a little bit of naughty take that makes me melt!!

    But wait, it is more than just a hot steamy read. There are several layers to this story and a few times you will be clutching a Kleenex. I enjoyed the development of the lead characters and the supporting cast. Plenty of brilliantly crafted bad boys and some seriously spunky gals! You will laugh, cry, swoon and have your heart ripped out a tiny bit.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stella Bloom, who is terrific. I loved her yummy read and the emotion she put into the voices. She has a swift pace that fits the story and keeps it moving right along. I love her energy and will definitely be looking for more of her reads.

    I generally do not like MC reads because the biker lifestyle tends to play loose with monogamy. I hate it when a character hooks up with somebody else in a romance. Thankfully that is light here. For the most part this really is a romance, gritty but with real feelings developed over time. This is also one of the first MC reads that has taken the time to really explain points of the lifestyle. While there are still things I dislike, I was so enamored with the storytelling that they almost didn't matter. I am definitely looking for more of this series and Ms Wylde.

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  • Cruising for Death: A Kate Jones Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By D. V. Berkom
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
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    (4)

    Kate Jones and her lover, Cole are on a luxury cruise in the Caribbean when a passenger dies of an apparent heart attack and the ship is boarded by modern-day pirates. Along with two other passengers, Kate is kidnapped by a long-lost enemy who wants to settle an old score. Kate's vacation turns into non-stop action when Anaya's gunmen board the cruise ship and she finds herself on a jet ski surrounded by sharks, kidnapped, held captive, staked down over patch of fast growing bamboo, and drugged in a Voodoo ceremony.

    Jenni says: "Great Seat of the Pants Thriller"
    "Finally a longer book!!!"
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    Wow, what a great read!! This book gives you so much more than the others in the series. A simple cruise takes a serious turn for the worse. Boy does that girl find trouble.

    Kate and Cole are still together, and seem to be solid. I was really happy with that part of the story. It is about time she found a good man to stay by her side. It isn't about the romance, but it is a nice smidgen of the story.

    This book is filled with action and not everyone ends up alive at the end of the tale. Every time you think things are working out, bang something else goes awry. Typical for unlucky Kate.

    The whole book is from her POV, it would have been nice to have another perspective. You never know what others are thinking until they tell her. It adds to the suspense, but things are very narrow without knowing what is going on.

    We get more of the Anaya story-line, finally getting to what is going on with the Mexico fiasco. There were some unexpected twists there too.

    There are times when the story gets jumpy and I had to figure out what was happening. The being knocked out or drugged incidents took a toll at times.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Melissa Moran, who does a great job. She has great energy that moves the story along snagging you up in the action! The accents are great and stay consistent. You never wonder who is speaking. I really enjoy her in the series and hope she stays with the series. I would love to find more of her reads.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Surrender the Stars: The Raveneau Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Renegade sea captain Ryan Coleraine is persuaded to accompany the adventurous Raveneau family to Regency London to spy for America during the War of 1812. The sardonic Coleraine must take the place of their son, who is in the West Indies, and pretend to be a fop. Lindsay Raveneau, a beautiful and independent bluestocking, finds herself with a "brother" who challenges and arouses her in the most unsettling ways...

    Terri B. says: "What an exciting read!"
    "Great second book in the series"
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    If you could sum up Surrender the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Ships, romance and history


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the way this story jumps forward in the timeline of the leads from the first book, Devon and Andre. Thank goodness they both seem to have gained much maturity. I loved having them throughout their youngest daughter's romance. Lindsey is feisty like her mother and a terrific match for Ryan. I really enjoyed their story.


    What about Emily Beresford’s performance did you like?

    She is a fabulous narrator!! I love her energy and the emotion she adds to the read. Her voices are great and make the characters come alive. I have listened to other reads by her and thoroughly enjoyed them. Really engaging and fun performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Minno

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Barlog
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)

    For all her young life Minno believed her parents were dead. Then she learns they're alive, but they're in grave danger. Her friend Hailey thought she was having a sleepover at her friend's house. Now she's Minno's ally and partner on an incredible quest. Together the girls embark on the adventure of a lifetime, where they face a veritable menagerie of strange creatures, both friendly and unfriendly to their cause.

    K. April Holgate says: "Interesting Middle Grade read"
    "Interesting Middle Grade read"
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    What did you like best about Minno? What did you like least?

    It is a really creative tale with plenty of intriguing turns. There are issues with the way Minno acts at times. But it is very true to a child her age in her situation. In the end she learns her lessons.


    Would you recommend Minno to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers. It was great for kids in a tough place and helping them deal with all those feelings.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I have listened to other audiobooks narrated by Emily Beresford and really enjoyed them. She has a terrific pace and tone that suits the story. She puts just the right amount of energy and emotion into the words.


    Any additional comments?

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Bad Spirits, Dead of Winter, Death Rites, Touring for Death: The Kate Jones Thriller Series, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.V. Berkom
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
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    Kate Jones is on the run with a backpack full of money, intent on finding her way back to the United States from Mexico. Unfortunately, a ruthless drug lord named Salazar is just as intent on finding her, retrieving his stolen money, and making her pay for ever having left him. Is there anyone she can trust?

    Arlene says: "Laugh out loud funny with suspense!"
    "Edge of your seat thriller"
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    Bad Spirits (Kate Jones Thriller #1-5)
    I do not know how these books went as a serial, they are very quick snippets of the story. It would have driven me crazy getting them piece mail. Thank goodness they are together here, a much better option.

    I like spunky Kate. She has an attitude that keeps her dynamic, even when she can be a very naive character. She is on the run from her drug dealer boyfriend, well ex. She comes into a lot of trouble along the way in Mexico. Seems the girl just can't catch a break, but then she follows her instincts and survives.

    There are some great moments in the story, but it feels rushed. I would love to see this expanded. The story could use more detail and would be great if it were longer. We end at a kind of non-ending. Things are left unresolved and you need to wait for the next book in the series to see what happens.

    Dead of Winter (Kate Jones Thriller #6)
    Kate is hiding out in Alaska. Of course she will stumble upon a murder, that is her luck. She is smart enough to look for help and hooks up with dishy detective Sam. I am not going to classify it as a romance, down and dirty time on the sheets does not equal love. I do see great potential for them in the future.

    The story is engaging and connects with the first book. I am anticipating this will be a thread through this series. Kate hoping from location to location running from the bad guys. I can deal with that, it has huge potential. I do wish the book were longer.

    Kate is as always spunky and sweet at the same time. She is getting smarter about hiding out and it will be interesting to see how thing progress.

    Death Rites (Kate Jones Thriller #7)
    This is the best book of the series so far!! We get to see more of Kate and what makes her who she is up to this point. I really loved seeing her with her friends and hearing a bit more of her past.

    The other reason this book is great is that the trouble she runs across isn't strictly Salazar related. It was a refreshing turn. The girl can find trouble anywhere!!

    The story was more involved and detailed than others in the series. I did not see the twist coming and was more than a touch shocked! Kudos on that.

    I was hoping for more Sam, but I have faith he will pop up again in the series!

    Touring for Death (Kate Jones Thriller, #8)
    This book picks up the series with Kate in yet another location. She is still hiding out and has come across more trouble, unconnected to Salazar. She has a real penchant for finding chaos!

    I have really come to like Kate over the series. She has gumption and is pretty clever in her escapes. Sure she has a few dumb girl moments, but as a whole she is learning. I really like that through it all she still manages to stay sweet.

    The story moves along swiftly and is again rather short. This time around we get another love interest in Sheriff Cole. I do wish we could have spent longer on that relationship. It has huge potential and a very interesting dynamic with his kids.

    It will be interesting to see what will happen with the rest of the series. It would be nice to see the Mexico fiasco have a clear ending.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Melissa Moran, who does a great job with all the accents and voices. She has a very mater of fact tone that fits Kate to a "T". That is key because the whole narrative is from her POV. She keeps the voices consistent and distinct through the series. A great pace keeps things moving along at a steady clip. She has terrific energy in her read that adds to the action scenes. I will definitely be looking for more of her work.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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